The virus is expected to break out in pockets across the country, but neither testing nor tracing is yet up to speed. Health secretary Matt Hancock “launched” test and track yesterday morning because it was promised for 1 June’s primary school openings, not because it’s ready. Anyone can do a “launch” – I can announce the launch of my new career as a brain surgeon or a tight-rope walker. This government’s bad habit of announcing and failing, overpromising and underdelivering, raises fears that they don’t know if this is really time to ease up. … [Read more...] about For test and trace to work, the public needs to trust this government. But how can we?
Bureaucracy red tape
When Marlon Brando turned up to the set of Apocalypse Now he weighed 300 pounds (21 stone), hadn’t bothered reading Heart of Darkness – the novel on which the movie was based – and was sufficiently unfocused on the job to prefer rambling tangential discussions about the script to getting anything done. Obviously he hadn’t learned his lines – indeed, he was by now quite incapable of it – having long preferred to have cue cards positioned around his sets in ingenious positions to avoid them being picked up by the various camera angles. On some productions, Brando’s lines were even stuck to other actors’ foreheads. He was, however, literally Marlon Brando, and that rightly counted for rather a lot. … [Read more...] about The numbers are in, and Johnson’s government really is world-beating
Kaine was sent to play clean up for Hillary Clinton on the morning shows Thursday after the White House candidate took a red-eye flight from Las Vegas to New York at the conclusion of the final presidential debate. It landed in the wee hours of the morning … [Read more...] about ‘He’s a guy who won’t take responsibility for anything’: Tim Kaine scoffs at Trump’s threat to contest the election if Hillary wins